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High School Football: Oilers rally to beat Barons

Huntington Beach edges Fountain Valley, 13-10, in Sunset League opener.

October 09, 2012

HUNTINGTON BEACH — For much of Friday's Sunset League football opener at Cap Sheue Field, the Huntington Beach Oilers found a way to stay within striking distance of the Fountain Valley Barons.

Fountain Valley held the lead on their neighboring rival for 45-plus minutes and still seemed in control late, but in the end, host Huntington found a way to pull out a big victory.

Junior quarterback Kai Ross hit senior wide receiver Marco Valenzuela with a short inside pass, and Valenzuela turned the play into a 66-yard touchdown with 2:35 left. It gave the Oilers their first lead and an eventual, 13-10 comeback win.

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In a game it trailed, 10-0, at the half, Huntington came up with a solid defensive effort, and a few key plays offensively, to stun the Barons in the end.

"Our kids played hard," Huntington Coach Eric Lo said. "Our defense played well the entire game, our special teams did a great job, and we had a couple of plays. It's a nice win for us."

Huntington, which evened its overall record at 3-3, took over at its own 16-yard line with 4:59 remaining in the game. The Oilers kept the drive alive when senior running back Bowen "Bo" Breunig gained four yards to the Huntington 40 on a fourth-and-three play. On second down from the 40, Breunig ran for two yards but the Oilers were called for holding on the play. With the ball moved back to the 34, Ross threw to Valenzuela at the 45 and Valenzuela turned up the middle and raced untouched to the end zone. Wyatt Marlow added the conversion.

"It was a slip route," Lo said of the go-ahead touchdown pass. "[The Barons] rolled their safety and we came up with a big play."

Fountain Valley (3-3) got the ball back at its own 27. After quarterback Chris d'Entremont threw incomplete on first down, a host of Huntington defenders dragged d'Entremont down for a 12-yard loss. d'Entremont threw long on third down, but his pass intended for receiver Sal Ochoa fell incomplete at the Huntington 43. On fourth down, d'Entremont was harassed again by the Oiler defense, and Huntington took over on downs at the Fountain Valley 16 with 1:31 left.

Ross took a knee on three consecutive plays, and the Oilers were able to run out the clock.

"In the second half we benefited from good field position," Lo said. "We struggled offensively in the first half and had a lot of penalties that hurt us."

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